Heads up tablet lovers; today we have prepared a real treat for those who are looking for an affordable mid-range tablet – the Cube T8 model has come to us for a review. The tablet market is growing rapidly today, and competition is high, as manufacturers do their best to win customers, lowering the prices, and offering more.
When it comes to the model that we are reviewing today, the new Cube T8, we can say that this device is a perfect example of the new idea present on the market. That idea is based on creating quality tablets available for anyone’s wallet. Compared to other more expensive Cube models, the new T8 is a decent tablet with mid-range specs, aimed at the ones with the smaller budget.
We have tested the Cube T8 to help you decide whether this tablet is worth buying. We checked its design, screen features, camera, battery capacity and what it always comes down to – the overall performance.
Specifications of the new Cube T8 tablet:
|Dimensions||215 x 122.9 x 9.8 mm|
|Technology / Bands||2G: GSM 900 / 1800MHz – 3G: WCDMA 2100MHz; TD-SCDMA: B34 / B39 – 4G: LTE FDD B1 / B3; TDD B38 / B39 / B40 / B41|
|Type of SIM||dual SIM|
|Display Technology||IPS Capacitive|
|Resolution||1280 x 800 pixels|
|multitouch||Yes, 5 points|
|CPU||MTK8735 Quad-Core 1.0 GHz|
|SD slot||Yes, microSD up to 32GB|
|Operating System (OS)|
|Front camera||0.3 MP|
|loading port||micro USB|
|Headphones||(3.5mm mini jack)|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, 802.11 b / g / n / ac|
|Radio||Yes. you need the headset|
|1 x Cube T8|
|1 x Micro USB Cable|
|1 x Power Adapter|
|1 x User Manual|
The new Cube T8 comes in a cardboard package that is strong enough to endure the transport from the factory to your doorstep. While we unboxed the packaging, we found all the standard equipment provided by the manufacturer; a Micro USB cable for wired connection, a Power Adapter for recharging and a User Manual to better find your way around the device.
Unfortunately, there were no headphones included, so you will have to buy them separately. If you want to listen to the radio, then headphones are a “must-buy” since this feature only functions with them plugged in – they serve as an antenna.
One of the first highlights that will impress the buyer is the design of the model. Just because the device is cheap, it doesn’t need to look like one. Once again, the manufacturers succeeded in creating a good looking and affordable tablet that can be compared even with the more expensive models.
There are no capacitive buttons present on the front side; they appear on the screen directly. That can be a disadvantage for some users.
The dimensions are 215 mm x 122.9 mm, and the model is 9.8 mm thick. Don’t be scared by the thickness in specs, this tablet it feels very natural in the hand. You won’t notice the thickness even if you like to read online content for hours.
The new Cube T8 weights only 354g, which is excellent if you prefer spending all lot of time on social networks, or watching movies on your tablet.
The designers made the tablet balanced, providing the best user experience considering the dimensions and weight. The tablet feels good in the hand, and it’s not slippery. Chances for an accidental drop are minimal.
On the top of the tablet, we can see a Micro USB port that enables you to connect the new Cube T8 with your personal computer. Another cool asset is the Micro HDMI port positioned next to the Micro USB entrance. Besides that, there is a standard 3.5 mini audio jack for headphones, if you want to enjoy your favorite music or watch a movie.
The power button and the volume rockers are placed on the right side of the device, and we can say that they are pretty decent considering the quality and the looks. Putting both buttons on the same side leaves an elegant impression of the design, opposite to some models which have them on separate sides.
In the end, we can see the rear aspect of the Cube T8 that is a combination of metal and plastic materials. The purpose is to have an easier approach while opening the back case for inserting the SIM cards and the MicroSD card. It would be better if the back case were completely made of metal, but some might be satisfied with the manufacturers solution.
All in all, we can say that the Cube T8 meets the modern era requirements considering ergonomics and design. The design is elegant, and it will fit perfectly in your hands. This is an affordable model, but it does not look like one.
Cube T8 Display
Here we have an 8-inch display with 1280×800 resolution, and right from the start we see one of the flaws of this model. The resolution is quite small, and many users may not be satisfied with this feature, but the screen has its positive sides as well.
The colors are very pleasant to the eye, and the contrast is quite good. IPS technology is used to manufacture the display, and its dimmed colors are especially good for eyes when the device is used for extended hours. Be sure to protect the screen from scratching since this isn’t a Gorilla Glass one.
Considering the range and the intended market, the only flaw of this model’s display is its resolution, but if you are just starting to use tablets, the Cube T8 will provide everything you need for a low price. For experienced users, this can be a great disadvantage since today we have 1080p and 4k resolution devices on the market.
Performance and Storage
Cube T8 packs an MTK7835 Quad-Core processor working at the speed of 1.0 GHz. Opening and closing the apps went pretty fast, even when multitasking and using more intensive apps. With 1 GB of RAM, you can’t expect fast performance always, but this model has everything you need when it comes to an average level of usage. We expect that after populating the storage with some bigger apps, some lag will start to happen.
You can play cool games on the Cube T8, but if you are a hardcore gamer, you should skip this model. Internal storage capacity is 16GB, but you can always upgrade it with a MicroSD card (up to 32GB), which is decent.
If you are looking for a device because of its camera features, the Cube T8 is a disappointment. This tablet packs a dual camera system with both rear and front camera. The rear camera has 2 MegaPixel lens, and the front is 0.3 MegaPixel lens. Not entirely representative features, but you need to keep in mind that this is an affordable model with limited specs. You can use the front camera for Skype calls, but if you want better quality selfies and photos, this is not the model for you.
Here are some photo samples:
The operating system is Android 5.1 Lollipop. That is a standard OS nowadays since almost every affordable model runs on this software. Android 5.1 Lollipop is a good OS, utilizing the battery saving, and smooth performance.
Battery and Connectivity
A 4000mAh battery powers the new Cube T8. This could seem like a small capacity but considering the low screen resolution and the mid-range CPU, the battery is quite good and can endure a whole day of moderate usage.
|2G: GSM 900 / 1800MHz|
|3G: WCDMA 2100MHz; TD-SCDMA: B34 / B39|
|4G: LTE FDD B1 / B3; TDD B38 / B39 / B40 / B41|
Dual SIM card system is incorporated, enabling you to have two SIM cards at the same time, which is an unusual feature for a tablet.
Bluetooth v4.0 is also provided to connect with other devices that support this feature. That is perfect if you like to share data with your friends.
Pros and Cons
The final verdict of the Cube T8 is our list of the pros and cons considering all the specs and features.
Now you can have a short résumé on every aspect we covered about this tablet.
Cube T8 Pros
- Elegant design
- Decent battery life
- Affordable entry model
Cube T8 Cons
- Low-resolution display
- 1 GB of RAM
We can describe the Cube T8 as a perfect beginner model for someone who is just starting to use this modern gadget. This model will satisfy every need of a standard user, for a very affordable price.
As always, the price is the biggest highlight of the mid-range devices. What you pay is what you get, nothing more, and nothing less.
We found the best deals for Cube T8, and listed them here for you:
For the score of 5.7 out of 10, Cube T8 is a decent device for the price.
What are your thoughts on Cube T8? Would you recommend it to a friend?
Cube T8 Scores:
Design - 8/10
Display - 4/10
Performance - 5/10
Storage - 7/10
Camera - 4/10
Battery - 5/10
Connectivity - 7/10